New bus line begins service
NOTE: This has been corrected to reflect buses run seven days a week, and tickets are NOT sold at the bus stop, Loaf "n Jug.
ALAMOSA — Bustang Outrider began bus service on May 1 out of Alamosa.
Replacing the stage line, Bustang buses are now leaving the Loaf ‘N Jug bus stop in Alamosa daily on weekdays en route to Pueblo.
See the schedule on Bustang’s website (www.ridebustang.com). Valley residents may also call the Senior Resource Development Agency (SRDA) at 719-545-8900 for route or ridership information.
The local bus stop is the Loaf n' Jug at the intersection of Highways 160 and 17 in Alamosa, ending at the Pueblo Transit Center at 123 Court Street in Pueblo. The bus leaves Alamosa at 6 a.m. seven days a week and arrives in Pueblo at 10:15 a.m.
The route will proceed north on Highway 17 with stops at the Moffat Park (6:45 a.m.), Poncha Springs High Valley Center (7:25 a.m.), Salida Chaffee Shuttle (7:45 a.m.), Canon City Big Daddy’s Diner (9 a.m.), Penrose Shell Station (9:17 a.m.) and a site to be announced in Pueblo West at 9:41 a.m. before arriving at the Pueblo Transit Center at 10:15 a.m.
(Bus service is available within Pueblo through Ride Pueblo Transit. Call 719-553-2727 or see www.pueblo.us/104/Pueblo-Transit)
The bus leaves Pueblo for the return trip to Alamosa daily at 3:15 p.m. and arrives in Alamosa at 7:10 p.m. with stops at each of the above locations on the way back.
The fare is $31 between Alamosa and Pueblo ($14, Alamosa to Salida), and tickets may be purchased from the driver upon boarding the bus (exact change required although a credit card system is planned in the future.) Soon, tickets will be able to be purchased in advance on line by downloading the “Just Ride” app from http://www.masabi.com/mobileticketing/
Loaf ‘N Jug is NOT a ticket agent. Tickets must be purchased on the bus.
The 38-seat outrider buses have on-board wifi, restrooms and electrical outlets at each seat. All buses are wheelchair accessible.
To provide reliable consistent transportation throughout the state, Colorado Department of Transportation provided funding through its rural regional program to set up the outrider bus service in rural communities such as Alamosa and Lamar.
Connections to Colorado Springs are expected this summer.